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until then connect tonight, on this memorial day, dangerous weather and deadly floods. evacuations under way. rivers still rising. already six lives lost. plus, the remnants of tropical storm bonnie kicking up dangerous surf on the coast. outrage. a child plunges into a gorilla enclosure. zoo officials forced to kill the endangered animal. did they go too far? plus, new details about how the boy ended up face-to-face with the 400-pound silverback. breaking news. gunman identified. new reports about that shooter in the violent neighborhood spree and his military service. shark attacks. terrifying encounters off both coasts. a florida boy bitten and a
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california beach closed after a possible great white attack. why experts say this could be a dangerous summer. and pool shock. the hidden danger. two holiday swimmers seriously injured after an apparent electric shock. what you can do to make sure this doesn't happen to you or your family. good evening. i'm tom llamas, in for david. thanks for joining us on this memorial day. and we begin tonight with deadly flooding in the south, and torrential downpours affecting the holiday up and down the east coast. at least six people are dead in texas and kansas. flash floods prompting evacuations and water rescues. officials keeping a close eye on the brazos river, still rising at this hour. and this frightening scene late today in colorado, a tornado near the nebraska border. and tonight, several thunderstorm watches in effect in the plains. and in the east, remnants of tropical storm bonnie bringing drenching rains so heavy in south carolina that parts of i-95 had to temporarily close. abc's eva pilgrim gets us started tonight from south
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carolina. >> reporter: tonight, new evacuations in texas. the colorado river four feet above flood stage and still rising. in wharton, winford williams and his family evacuating for the second time in two months. >> ain't nothing you can do be go stay in the motel. >> reporter: helicopters rescuing residents north of houston this weekend. severe storms pummelling the lone star state. at least six dead and two still missing in the region, including a 10-year-old boy who fell in the swollen brazos river while fishing. >> it's frustrating we have the family here and they need some closure and we haven't been able to get it to them yet. >> reporter: meanwhile, in the east, millions dealing with remnants of tropical storm bonnie, dumping eight inches of rain in south carolina. residents rescued by boat. part of interstate 95 shut down. >> i've never seen the water this high. >> reporter: storms flooding roads all the way to new york
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city. on the beaches, an urgent warning. >> looks can be deceiving. yes, it's kind of calm out right now, but people take the water for granted. the water is a very dangerous police. >> reporter: rip currents, an invisible threat. lifeguards urging people not to swim. rescuing some near savannah, georgia. this helicopter searching for a swimmer off a north carolina beach. if you find yourself in a rip current, the key is to stay calm. once it dumps you out, then swim parallel to the shore. the threat for rip currents continues tonight across portions of the southeast from florida all the way to north carolina. tom? >> eva pilgrim on the shores of south carolina. eva, thank you. and for more on what's next for this dangerous weather, i want to bring in abc chief meteorologist ginger zee. >> reporter: tom, tonight, we've got severe thunderstorms already popping up on the map. i want to bring you straight there. from you colorado through kansas, nebraska, south dakota, north carolina, parts of minnesota, a severe thunderstorm watch for the next couple of hours. so, if you've got outdoor activities going on now and you're in that region, please, be aware. already, nearly 30 severe storms reported. then, check this out. the rainfall forecast for areas that do not need more rain, through wednesday, going to get it in south texas, two to three
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inches. tulsa, oklahoma, there, too. the remnants of bonnie, we've been talking about it. just showers for now, but plume of moisture that led up along the east coast making for a rainy memorial day, we're going to sweep that all out. much drier into tuesday. >> all right, several systems we're watching tonight. ginger, thank you. now, to the growing outrage after a 4-year-old boy slipped into a gorilla enclosure and the desperate decision to kill the animal. the shocking incident caught on camera. the gorilla and boy face-to-face for several minutes before the 400-pound silverback was shot. tonight, officials defending their actions amid anger and an outpouring support for the endangered animal. and now, new clues into how the frightening ordeal began. here's abc's marci gonzalez. and we want to warn you, you might find some of these images graphic. >> mommy's right here! >> reporter: tonight, growing outrage about this close
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encounter. those ten terrifying minutes the child spent inside the zoo exhibit, causing the endangered silverback to lose his life. >> oh, my god! oh, my god! >> reporter: the horrifying scene playing out in front of the boy's mother. >> mommy loves you! i'm right here. >> reporter: at one point, 17-year-old harambe and the 4-year-old boy appear to look at each other. >> be calm! be calm! >> reporter: then, the gorilla lifts the boy up and drags him to the other side of the moat. zoo officials making the split-second decision to take the gorilla's life. >> my heart sank. you could tell it was a high-powered rifle. >> reporter: authorities say it started when the boy crawled over the barrier, plunging into the moat. the video of the exhibit from 2014 shows the three-foot high railing that separates the crowd from the exhibit. the same one that's been there for 38 years. >> the exhibit is safe and the barrier's safe. that said, any of us in this room could climb over barriers if we choose. >> reporter: mourners today holding a vigil for the gorilla, as anger over his death grows. some pointing to videos like this, showing a gorilla in an
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illinois zoo in 1996 carrying an injured boy who had fallen into her enclosure to zookeepers for help, saying gorillas can be protective. the zoo tonight, defending its decision to shoot the animal. >> that child's life was in we stand by our decision. we'd make the same call today. >> reporter: tonight, the boy is home from the hospital, but online, calls for his parents to be held accountable. the boy's mother writing in a now-deleted facebook post, "as a society, we are quick to judge how a parent could take their eyes off of their child. accidents happen, but i am thankful that the right people were in the right place." and cincinnati police tell abc news they are not filing charges. the zoo's director tells me, they are now reviewing ways to make the gorilla exhibit safer. tom? >> so many people talking about this story. already, marci, thank you. next, to houston, and breaking developments tonight in that wild shootout that left two dead. including the gunman and six wounded. abc houston station ktrk confirming tonight that 25-year-old veteran dionisio garza is the suspect. garza, from san bernardino, california, served four tours of duty in afghanistan.
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now, authorities are trying to determine what drove him to his deadly rampage. here's abc's phillip mena. >> reporter: tonight, new images of that deadly houston shootout. the gas station erupting in flames. the chaos captured during the gunman's rampage. >> the shooter was shooting so much at that gas station area, that the gas station started blowing up. >> reporter: our houston station ktrk now identifying the killer as dionisio garza, an army veteran with four tours in afghanistan. his motive is unknown. the shooting spree began sunday. the gunman went into this auto detail shop, killing a customer. he then used a high-powered assault weapon to spray shots around the neighborhood. the shooter even taking aim at a police helicopter, hitting it several times. police yelling for residents to take cover. >> get in your house! >> reporter: this cruiser riddled with an astounding 21 bullets. two officers wounded, four others shot.
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>> when i had turned around, that's when i noticed that he, like, really had tried to aim for my car. >> reporter: tonight, we know both officers who were shot have been released from the hospital. but at least one person, that good samaritan, remains hospitalized. tom? >> phillip mena for us tonight. phillip, thank you. and it has been a weekend of gun violence in chicago. at least four people killed, 50 more hurt during shootings across the city. among the four fatalities, 15-year-old veronica lopez, who was a passenger in a car when a second vehicle pulled alongside, a gunman opening fire. lopez later died at the hospital. now, to the long trip home for millions of americans celebrating the holiday weekend away. a computer glitch at new york city's jfk airport causing massive delays. airlines forced to manually check in travelers. and wet weather in the south and along the east coast complicating the trip home for an estimated 34 million americans driving this weekend. here's abc's linsey davis with
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the latest on today's travel headaches. >> reporter: slow going tonight on america's highways and skyways, as roughly 38 million travelers make their way home on this potentially record-breaking memorial day. >> we are very glad we left early, so we don't have to sit in the traffic tonight. >> reporter: it's estimated this will be the biggest travel weekend since 2005. fueled by gas prices that haven't been this low on memorial day in 11 years. the national average today? $2.30 a gallon. 47 cents lower than a year ago. heavy traffic like this is the downside of paying less at the pump. some travel nightmares at the nation's airports, too. at chicago's o'hair, this cab jumped a curb, crashing into the termin terminal. no injuries were reported. >> there's a fire truck. >> reporter: in tampa, a united flight caught fire after a blown tire. and at new york's jfk airport, a computer glitch caused massive delays overnight, as 1,000 passengers were checked in manually. >> i've never seen anything like this before. >> reporter: according to the
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traffic app ways, the best time to travel on a busy day like this is in the morning, and the worst time is between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. tom? >> linsey davis, who made it home tonight. all right, linsey, thank you. next tonight, the race for 2016, and a massive showdown looming for the democrats. hillary clinton today marching in a memorial day parade in new york, but it's the california primary, and a surging bernie sanders, that had one top supporter delivering a stern message for clinton's opponent. this, as donald trump prepares to face reporters to explain just what he's done for vets. here's abc's mary bruce. >> reporter: today, a memorial day tradition. bill and hillary clinton marching in their hometown parade in chappaqua, new york. >> i love it. i love being here. >> reporter: but bernie sanders, instead, going where the votes are, making a surprise appearance in san francisco. california, once considered clinton country, now a tossup. and clinton today is announcing new events in the state, as one of her top california supporters
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urges sanders to face the facts. >> he ought to be able to read the sign posts, as well as anybody else. and if he did that, he would know that it's all but over. >> reporter: meanwhile, donald trump marking memorial day weekend at the rolling thunder biker rally for p.o.w.s. >> do we love the bikers? yes. >> reporter: but trump sounding disappointed that the crowd on the national mall was not as big as he'd hoped. >> i thought this would be, like, dr. martin luther king, where the people would be lined up from here all the way to the washington monument, right? >> reporter: trump himself had five deferments to avoid serving in vietnam. he says he's raised millions for veterans. >> and we just raised almost $6 million for the vets. >> reporter: but trump has yet to prove it, and tonight, the questions are mounting. and trump is now holding a press conference tomorrow, hoping to put those questions to rest. he's now promising to reveal how much he's raised for veterans and where all that money went. tom?
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>> mary bruce from the nation's capital. mary, thank you. next tonight, a pair of shark attacks rattling swimmers on both coasts. this video showing the moments after an attack off the florida coast, a teen suffering severe injuries to his leg. at the same time, a second attack on the west coast, and authorities there suspect a great white may be to blame. here's abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: tonight, two frightening shark attacks on both coasts. >> hi. here in neptune beach, somebody just got bit by a shark. >> reporter: in the east, a 13-year-old boy near jacksonville swimming in just two to three feet of water, bitten in the leg, bone deep. >> he was like, "shark! bit my leg! go, go, go! shark, he bit my leg!" >> we took our belts off and wrapped it around his leg to try to stop the bleeding. >> reporter: the bite, seven to eight inches wide. the shark believed to be about five feet long. in the west, just south of l.a., another attack, but this time, a shark biting a woman in the torso. >> newport lifeguards are on scene. unknown what type of medical problem. try to get a response. >> reporter: tonight, officials
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are trying to confirm whether it was a great white shark. that beach still closed at least until tomorrow. last year, there were 98 shark attacks in the u.s., including six deaths. that's the highest number of shark attacks on record. and experts warn this year, that number is expected to grow as shark populations increase. and tom, tonight, the boy and the woman are in the hospital right now with long roads to recovery ahead of them. tom? >> gio, thank you so much. back home, and americans across the country honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice this memorial day. this picture from west palm beach, florida, just one of thousands of parades and memorial ceremonies, marking the holiday. at arlington national cemetery, president obama laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier, before marking his final memorial day address as commander in chief. and at that ceremony, these powerful images. take a look at that. showing 5-year-old christian jacobs in uniform at the grave of his father, marine sergeant christopher jacobs, who died during a training exercise in
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a bystander jumping in to safe him. >> chris went to touch him, he went into convulsions in the pool like this, his body was shaking. >> reporter: the man was rushed to a hospital. police and the hotel say the cause is under investigation, but it may be the second time in two days a pool delivered a dangerous electric shock. in palm springs, a 43-year-old father died in march trying to rescue his 9-year-old daughter from electrified pool water. officials blame a faulty light fixture. swimming pool shocks are rare, but can be deadly. at least 14 people have died since 2002. ungrounded or faulty wires are often to blame, like the kind that zapped these florida swimmers in 2014. the danger is not just in pools. 15-year-old carmen johnson died last month in this alabama lake, electrocuted by defective wiring on a nearby dock. safety experts say pool owners should consider installing low voltage, less dangerous lighting. they say get one of these. it's basically a high tech circuit breaker that cuts all of the power as soon as there's trouble.
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and, finally, have an electrician inspect the pool at least once a year. so that this summer, swimmers can keep splashing, worry free. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> we thank clayton for that report. still ahead, back in custody. how one of the fbi's most wanted murder suspects was captured. where he was tracked down. and, in a tight spot. barely able to move, the rescue that required some team work and heavy lifting, when we come back. back. scott! ready to hit some balls? ooh! hey buddy, what's up? this is what it can be like to have shingles. oh, man. a painful, blistering rash. if you had chickenpox, the shingles virus is already inside you. 1 in 3 people will get shingles in their lifetime. after almost 3 weeks, i just really wanted to give it a shot. you know, i'm not feeling it today. talk to your doctor or pharmacist today about a vaccine that can help prevent shingles.
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afternoon often the traditional tune is recorded, but one teen is on a mission to change all of that. on this memorial day, she is america strong. here's abc's david wright. ♪ >> reporter: for 15-year-old katie pryor of oklahoma, "taps" is a labor of love. 24 notes in b-flat major featured in military funerals since the civil war. she learned it for her great-grandfather, a world war ii veteran. >> i wish i would have gotten to play "taps" for him, but i'd like to think that every time i play "taps" at someone else's funeral, i am in part playing it for him, as well. >> reporter: the young trumpet player was horrified to learn most veterans these days hear only a recording of "taps," instead of a live bugler. so, she formed a volunteer group, training other young musicians to play it properly. today, thanks to her, there are
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75 volunteers in 19 states giving something back. >> you are getting to pay tribute to someone that you may not even know. you, a stranger, are getting to honor someone that went out and fought for your country. >> reporter: thanking them with a simple, somber bugle call. david wright, abc news, new york. ♪ >> and we thank katie pryor for her amazing effort. we thank you for watching. "gma" first thing in the morning. i'm tom llamas. david will be right back here tomorrow. and we leave you tonight with this image. a boy scout saluting veterans at the los angeles national cemetery.
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snatched from a car in broad daylight. efforts to recover he an fbi agent bag and gun. this campaign is going to win because we're doing something very unusual in contemporary american politics. we're telling the truth. >> bernie sanders delights crowds in oakland. the message some had for him. >> how the bay area remembers those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. >> does this guarantee me the california primary? a warriors cap draws cheers from a crowd of thousands that
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waited hours to hear bernie sanders speak. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm kristin zee. laura anthony is live at the rally happening right now. >> just a huge turnout. >> senator sanders still speaking as we speak, he's been at it now about 45 minutes. this is the second event today. during his speech, we have heard about his speech, his plan to make public college tuition free, climate change, health care, and also, the up coming california primary. >> if we can win here in california, our larger state, one of our most-progressive states, we'll go into the democratic convention with a great deal of momentum and com

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